Harrogate restaurant Jinnah gets go-ahead for outdoor dining after concerns over late night noise
An Indian restaurant in Harrogate has been given the go-ahead to serve customers outside in a new dining area - but only until 10.30pm after noise concerns were raised by residents.
Jinnah on Cheltenham Parade will be able to serve both food and drink outside after permission was granted by Harrogate Borough Council's licensing sub-committee.
In an application letter, the restaurant said it wants customers to "enjoy the ambience" and will not allow "disruptive or noisy" behaviour.
But neighbours raised concerns over "upsetting" levels of noise from customers and staff late at night.
One objector, John Turner, told the committee: "I accept that with living in town this is going to happen, but what I'm concerned about is what time our children and people who work, not just at night, but also during the day, can get their sleep."
The restaurant - which is located at a former Methodist church - already had a licence to serve customers indoors between 10am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, and until 11.30pm on Sundays.
Its application was to extend its licensing area outdoors between 10am and midnight every day of the week, but councillors would only allow until 10.30pm.
Ms Katrina Cowton, speaking on behalf of Jinnah, said: "We do take into consideration that there are residents close by and we don't want to have an impact on their family lives.
"We are not wanting it, as some of the residents have implied, to be a place where it would be like a bar. It is for a dining experience."
Seven letters of objection had been made to the application with fears over "unacceptable" noise and behaviour, but most were withdrawn after amendments were made.
North Yorkshire Police had also objected to the licensing changes, but its representations were again withdrawn.
The applicants - Mr S Akhtar and Mr M Ali - said in a letter: "As we are a family orientated business and have cultural beliefs we do not allow any of our customers to be intoxicated, if we find that they are becoming disruptive or noisy they are asked politely to vacate the property and not return.
"Customers will use plastic glasses as a safety precaution in this outer seating area and there will be a limit to the amount of people that will be able to sit."
Under temporary coronavirus measures introduced by the government, the restaurant can already serve customers outside, but not alcohol.
Approval of its application means it can serve both food and alcohol outside now, and beyond when the Covid-19 regulations expire in 2021.
However, the restaurant is only allowed to serve alcohol outside if the customer is buying a meal.
Coun Victoria Oldham, chair of the licensing sub-committee, said: "The sub-committee are satisfied that the decision it has reached is appropriate.
"The sub-committee has considered the concerns outlined in all representations made, but considers the concerns will be adequately addressed."
By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter